December 2, 2013

Freehand Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) Nail Art

Today is the first day in a week of Japanese-inspired nail art! For my first design I've done some nature-inspired freehand sumi-e nail art. What is sumi-e? It's the really beautiful art technique of using black ink and a round brush to do ink wash paintings. A single stroke can produce crazy variations in tonality - from super black to a light wash of grey at the end of the stroke. Apparently ink wash painting was started in China, but is practiced in many East Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

Manicurity | Freehand Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) Nail Art

Manicurity | Freehand Sumi-e (Ink Wash Painting) Nail Art

For my teeny tiny ink paintings, I used some new, fine 'liner' paint brushes and thinned black acrylic paint. I had fun doing some long-stroke, sketchy style designs!! My base color is Polish Alcoholic's Skiing Snowman (press sample) (see the full swatch/review post for it here). I actually found these fairly easy to do, because it's all about the suggestion of a thing instead of it being like a perfect image of a snail on my nail, ya know? For inspiration I used ye olde helpful Google Image Search and looked at some cool examples from people that actually know how to do ink paintings. In the end, I looooved these :D

Now check out the other Japan-inspired designs for today below!

*A polish used in this post was received as a press sample for my consideration. If you'd like to know more about my policies, please read  my disclosure page

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